Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

2. Revisiting Comparative Religion in the Light of Contemporary Criticism

Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday - Peter Antes

Morny Joy [+-]
University of Calgary
Morny Joy is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary.

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This paper will take the measure of the current state of Comparative Religion and the way that it has responded to a number of criticisms over the past thirty years. First, I will explore the work of Jonathan Z. Smith and his charge of imaginative construction; second, I examine the work of postcolonial scholars and their evaluation complicity in the process of colonization. Finally I will survey current developments in Anthropology, and the criticisms made by Mallory Nye of the isolation of Comparative Religion from the developments in other disciplines. In the conclusion I will evaluate these criticisms and make certain recommendations.

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Joy, Morny. 2. Revisiting Comparative Religion in the Light of Contemporary Criticism. Contemporary Views on Comparative Religion - In Celebration of Tim Jensen’s 65th Birthday. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 17-32 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791394. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28089. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28089. Feb 2016

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